Singer Hamilton Leithauser told Rolling Stone magazine: "It's always exciting to come up with a big rocker that just works, because we don't even like playing rock that much. That could be the problem: We spend so many hours playing slow waltzes."
In The Beatles "When I'm 64," Paul McCartney asks a woman if she'll still be there for him when he's 64. In 2006, he got his answer when shortly before his 64th birthday, he and Heather Mills separated.
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.